The Foundation gives everyone an opportunity to make donations, no matter how large or how small, to enhance the quality of life right here in the community. It provides a tax-exempt vehicle with flexibility and effectiveness to meet the needs of donors with varied charitable interests and abilities to give.
There are a number of choices in how people can make donations to the Foundation. Through donations to the Community Impact Fund, the Foundation meets the needs of the community through a competitive grant process twice a year. Donors also may choose to establish funds designated for donations to specific nonprofits organizations or specific fields of interests. Other funds allow donors the opportunity for a high level of involvement with freedom from administrative issues or to support the operation of the Foundation.
Community foundations make up one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today. They build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to create permanent, named component funds to meet critical needs. Community foundations in the United States hold approximately $44.8 billion in assets and are located throughout the country. In 2005, community foundations gave $3.2 billion to a wide variety of nonprofit activities, including urban affairs, the arts, education, environmental projects, health and disaster relief.